One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Involuntary urination, especially by children at night.
- ‘Secondary nocturnal enuresis is when a child has accidental wetting after having had bladder control for six or more months.’
- ‘Other surveys have found that children with nocturnal enuresis are more subject to ‘confused awakenings,’ such as night terrors or sleepwalking, than children who do not wet the bed.’
- ‘Bedwetting, called enuresis, is the involuntary discharge of urine during sleep.’
- ‘For some young children bladder control is more difficult to achieve at night - enuresis, commonly known as bed-wetting, has been discussed by physicians since the days of Galen and Hippocrates.’
- ‘Nocturnal enuresis, or bed-wetting, is one of the most prevalent and persistent sleep problems in children.’
Early 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek enourein ‘urinate in’, from en- ‘in’ + ouron ‘urine’.
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